10 February 2012

Online survey tools

When I outlined my proposed research methods for this project, I mentioned that I'm planning to use a survey to explore the extent to which findings from my initial interviews can be generalised to a wider sample of library and information practitioners, social enterprise practitioners and academics working in the field. I'm now just beginning to think about the kind of survey I will use for this part of my project. As part of this process, I presented a document comparing a range of online survey tools at an informal departmental discussion session yesterday. You can read more about the details of this discussion on the Sheffield iSchool researchers' blog.

I have used both free and subscription versions of SurveyMonkey in the past, but I realise that I've never really evaluated a wider range of potential survey tools. The document I've prepared covers a few different aspects of about ten survey tools. As well as a copy available for viewing, downloading and printing, I thought I'd add it to this post:
Online Survey Tools - summary sheet


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    1. Thanks for your comment. It looks like the free version of this tool is fairly limited - 3 surveys a month, up to 100 responses per survey and no skip logic. This is a US based company, and there is a privacy policy: http://www.surveytool.com/privacy-policy/ but I couldn't see any details about whether the tool meets the EU-US Safe Harbor standards. Do you have any more information about this?